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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
Arctic Devil Barley Wine, aptly named after the ferocious wolverine of the north, is an English-style (meaning malt-inclined) barley wine. Though the recipe and process for Arctic Devil have evolved over the years, it is brewed once a year then aged in oak barrels for several months before the entire batch is blended, bottled and released. Beginning in 2010, ADBW will be released in late SEP.

In its youth, Arctic Devil gnarls and snarls its way across the palate. Containing this beast of a beer for long periods in oak barrels--some having previously aged port, wine or whiskey--tames the unleashed malt and fierce hop flavors, melding and mellowing this powerful liquid into an incredible elixir worthy of a brewer’s table.

Each annual batch of Arctic Devil Barley Wine represents the brewers’ resolve to create an intriguing and sought-after barley wine by precisely brewing to well-designed specifications, carefully selecting the type and combination of barrels to use for aging, and meticulously checking the beer as it ages. Distinct nuance and complexity are contributed by the wood’s previous tenants, resulting in unique flavor profiles in each batch that continue to change over time. We invite you to savor Arctic Devil Barley Wine upon its release then cellar some for future enjoyment.

Vintage guide:
Pre 2008 label notched with month and year on side of bottle
2008 listed on label
2009 not released
2010 listed on label
2011 listed on label
2012 not released
2013 vintage not stated, new sticker labels with rounded edges and says "Ale Aged in Bourbon Oak Barrels"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a nice fizzy head. Lovely aroma of heavy caramel, malt, oak, dried fruit and very hoppy. Great flavour of raisons, heavy malt, coconuts and ends up alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4522) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle from sprinkle marked 10%ABV. Thanks, Mike! Small tan head that mostly diminished with poor lacing, mostly opaque with a little light coming through to see some floaties along with some carbonation, and a brown hue. Nose was sweet, dark fruits, caramel, malty, and vinuous. Flavor was sweet, thick, somewhat chewy, vinuous, and dark fruits. Tingly, thick mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (31467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 A murky red-brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with a very powerful alcohol note, but also strong notes of over ripe fruits, malt, caramel, and cinnamon. The flavor is very sweet malty with lots of over ripe fruits, and caramel, leading to a nice hoppy end, with the alcohol burning the throat. I believe this will give You the warmth even in Alaska. The mouthfeel is very thick - I’ll describe it as an alcohol soup - how ever that’ll work, I have no idea?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle. Ruby colour with a beige head. Dark fruits, wood, caramel malty, coconut aroma and taste, Medium to full body with a sweet light dry, light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a clear, reddish brown with tiny impurities. Small, off-white head. Vinous oak aroma. Solid body again with lots of oak, overripe fruit and caramel. Some sherry-like accents. Surprisingly subdued bitterness. 130806

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Red brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of wood and vanilla with notes of fruits. Sweet flavour of wood, caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 (Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, breadiness, and winter spices. Flavor of hops, spices, and toasted bread.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Dark brown. Small, off white head. Rich caramel malt, piney and resinous hops, dark fruits - big time figs and raisins, wood, cocoa powder, and subtle alcohol. Full body, balanced. Excellent barley wine. Have to try more of their brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle. Nose-buttery icing. Body-dark iced tea. Taste-big ’ol butter. Chardonnay, alcohol, maple syrup, woody, light grass, butter, toffee, and icing. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
Hot, boozy, sweet malt aroma is quite fruity with plenty of grassy, vegetal, herbal resinous hop character. Opaque brown body is topped by a low tan head that recedes to ring. Thick, sweet maple, berries, chocolate and cherries with a light roasty component and lingering sweetness. Pleasant fruity aftertaste, but I feel like I could breathe fire. Alcohol is quite apparent. Strong warming. Thick, syrupy texture to the medium full body. Hot, hot, hot. Bottle (trade, May-05) sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy. Thanks, hopdog!

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